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Now you can play The Elder Scrolls in an Elder Scrolls chair, wearing your Elder Scrolls ring

The Elder Scrolls games take place in the world of Tamriel, and key to this universe is chairs. Just you try caning Skyrim from a standing position. In a rather obvious brand tie-up, there is now an Elder Scrolls Online-themed chair coming from Noblechairs, a company whose sedentary solutions apparently “combine the latest ergonomics and sports-inspired design.” (To be fair, it does look a bit sportier than this unfortunate customer. We’re still waiting to find out the reason behind the Twitch ban.) What is there to say about a chair? Perhaps now is the time to invoke the theory of…

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IO’s studio director says its Bond game could be a trilogy

Little is known about IO Interactive’s recently announced James Bond game (beyond the fact the studio will be a great fit, and it’s years away), but in a new interview with Danish website DR studio director Hakan Abrak has dropped some crumbs. First of all by teasing that the game ‘could’ be a trilogy, which is no great surprise. “We have been allowed to make our own digital Bond, which will not lean on a Bond actor,” says Abrak. “We’ve also come up with a completely original story, and you could easily imagine that a trilogy could come out of…

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Venba is an upcoming cooking game about an Indian mother restoring her lost recipes

As someone who struggles with anything more complicated than putting bread in a toaster, cooking games are a vicarious pleasure that I take great joy from. Like the leisurely task-ticking in social sims the feeling is the same with cooking games. The satisfaction of mashing the potatoes to the exact right consistency, keeping a steady hand as I drain the water from the pasta pot, or expertly manage the temperature of a hearty stew—it’s task-ticking, mini-game heaven. With the main focus of most cooking games being, well, the cooking, many tend to be light on story, with the usual case…

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The flood of Lady Dimitrescu fanart will drown us all and we will like it

Something about Lady Dimitrescu, the tall vampire lady from those Resident Evil Village trailers, is resonating with a lot of people who play videogames. Tired of sitting at home, we are perhaps collectively a more lustful bunch. I think of hugging anyone, literally anyone, and my skin tingles. Phew. Headrush.  So here comes Lady Dimitrescu, A) someone that most of the internet would gladly hug or at least accept praise from, and B) a terrifying monster made of bugs. Hearth and hell. She’s also just cool, with that fancy dress and laidback let’s-jab-a-scythe-through-this-guy’s-foot-and-drag-him-around-the-dungeon attitude. And if you live in a…

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Ninja still fears gossip over streaming with women

Back in 2018, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins said that he doesn’t stream with women outside of group settings to avoid rumors and harassment—for any woman he might stream with, himself, and his family. Today, Ninja’s views on the issue haven’t changed. It’s “astonishing” what people say to women online, he said in a new interview with The New York Times Magazine, and sees his policy as a way to avoid trouble, not a problem in itself.  “Accusations [of flirting or infidelity] are what made me say that about female gamers [in 2018],” said Ninja. “I was like, I’m going to do…

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Dragon Age 4 will be set in Tevinter

We were already pretty sure that Dragon Age 4 will be set in the previously unseen realm of Tevinter. The Inquisitor stabs a knife directly into a map of the Tevinter Imperium at the end of the Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC Trespasser, for one thing, and BioWare pointed a finger in the same direction in 2020 with the release of a collection of short stories called Tevinter Nights. The writing’s been on the wall. But now, it’s in an actual licensed book. Any doubts about the location of the new game have been dispelled by the recently released BioWare: Stories…

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Reddit messes with investors by driving GameStop stock price to record heights

It’s been a long time since GameStop had any real relevance for PC gamers. I used to love popping in and rifling through the bargain bins in search of sub-$10 boxes, but the rise of Steam put an end to that pastime ages ago. It was a slower spiral down for consoles, but the company has struggled for years to shore up its declining business. That’s been reflected in its stock price, which has slowly settled from more than $60 in 2008 to well under $10 since mid-2019. A very strange thing happened last week, however. GameStop’s price very suddenly…

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Best board game

Meeples unite! Here are our picks for the best board games for 2019. Analog gaming has seen an awesome renaissance in recent history and offers some things that PC games can’t do, or don’t do quite as well. Whether that’s staring your friend in the eye, trying to call their bluff or just wrapping your greasy mitts around a good bit of paper, analogue gaming can be a fantastic way to spend a few hours, an afternoon or even a whole weekend with your friends. If you and your friends can hurdle the initial barrier to entry, board games can…

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Here’s what Burnout 3: Takedown looks like inside Grand Theft Auto V

So I recreated a famous racing game with the Rockstar Editor from r/gtaonlineSadly, Criterion’s magnum opus never made it to PC (sorry, Burnout Paradise fans). But we can all take a moment to pretend Burnout 3: Takedown is getting the modern remake it deserves thanks to one GTA V creator’s recreation of the butt-rock racer’s intro. Animator LucasRPDJ this weekend posted a recreation of Burnout 3’s opening video to Reddit and YouTube, filmed in GTAV’s film editing suite (thanks, PCGamesN). Shot-for-shot, it’s a near-perfect recreation—here’s the PS2 original for comparison: Not content to crash a nostalgia-loaded truck into my heart,…

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HyperX’s Cloud Alpha headset is just $80 and that’s music to my ears

It’s been two and a half years since we reviewed Kingston’s HyperX Cloud Alpha, and while it no longer occupies a spot in our roundup of the best gaming headsets, it remains an excellent option. Especially right now—normally priced at $99.99, Best Buy has it marked down to $79.99 at the moment. The discounted price is the same as what this headset was selling for during last year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. It was an excellent bargain then, and if you missed out, now is your chance to take a mulligan and see what all the fuss is…

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System Shock remake pre-orders arrive alongside a ‘final demo’ next month

Four years after a $1.3 million crowdfunding campaign (and a subsequent total reboot), Nightdive Studio’s ambitious System Shock remake is one step closer to release. In a Kickstarter update this week, the developer announced that System Shock pre-orders will go live on Steam, GOG and the Epic Games Store by the end of February. Accompanying the pre-order launch is one last pre-release demo. Going from medical through to an EDM cyberspace nightmare, this build will feature full dismemberment, new voice acting, and a fresh pass of smaller features and bug fixes over previous demos. The update post includes a sneak…

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Dorfromantik is a bucolic little cityscaping puzzler

Dorfromantik is an upcoming peaceful, strategic little puzzle game that has you laying tiles to create a lovely little countryside of hexagonal tiles. It’s a bucolic idyll of rolling fields and dense forests, little meadows, twee railways, and little rivers. It’s coming this spring from Toukana Interactive, and there’s a demo you can play right now on itch.io. The basics are simple. You have a stack tiles with different features. Things like woods, houses, and fields can be placed anywhere. Other things can only be placed near their like—train tracks must continue, as must canals or rivers. To get more…

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The Hitman 3 Dubai speedrun record? 9 seconds

There are two speedrunners who are on top of the world right now, and by that I mean literally the Hitman 3 level On Top of the World, the game’s first level, which Any% speedrunners have completed in a truly shocking nine (9) seconds. The secret? Run forward and shoot your gun. Speedrunner Wreak finished the level in 9 seconds on January 22nd, followed by Der_Lauch_Linus on the 23rd. The speedy completion is due to the level’s funky architecture. The Dubai level takes place on the top floors of a skyscraper, and in the moments after the start of the…

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PSA: Cyberpunk 1.1 patch introduces save-killing Down on the Street bug

The latest patch for Cyberpunk 2077 has introduced a bug which can potentially cause you to be unable to progress in the game.  At the end of the quest Down in the Street, the character Goro Takemura calls the player. Previous to 1.1 he just wouldn’t call sometimes, halting the game. Now Takemura can call the player and just… not speak. And that’s it. Simply reloading an older save doesn’t fix this problem, as the bug  will reoccur. That means your saves from after the bug happens are all lost in terms of game progression. But there is a fix…

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AC Valhalla players find a magic superbow in a pile of rocks

Players of Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla have found a super-powerful magic bow hidden in a pile of shiny rocks, and they’ve found it in a way that the developers absolutely did not intend. The secret bow, created by Assassin’s Creed’s alien space gods, the Isu, is located underneath a pile of rocks. There’s some secret path that nobody has quite found yet, but there’s also the way where you find the pile of rocks and hit it some and then reload your save and then hit it some more. Here’s AC Valhalla Narrative Director Darby McDevitt on the hack: FYI this…

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Let’s roast this stupid chair

(Image credit: Osaki)Every now and then, the $5,795 chair pictured above comes up in our work chat. This red pleather chair isn’t alone in looking like a nightmare—it features a shockingly popular massage chair design—but it’s the one that seems to follow us around, appearing in targeted ads alongside more typical gaming chairs. When we see it, we feel compelled to hurl insults at it. Here are some of them: Jorge: Chair looks like it was stung by a bee. Chris: This is what Bruce Banner’s chair turns into when you make it angry. Tyler: This is what the Kool…

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These 9 genres need more games, please

I feel like I’m complaining a lot to start the year. Last week I said that the start of 2021 looks a little yawn-inducing, and now I’m about to name and shame genres that aren’t pulling their weight on PC. Don’t get me wrong: overall, things have never been more vibrant on PC. Flight sims and flight combat enjoyed a big comeback in 2020, and there are plenty of survival, battle royale, deckbuilders, roguelikes, and competitive FPS options to go around. But there are a few genres that have gone quiet, or even outright dormant. (Image credit: Numantian Games)Tower defenseWhat…

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Great moments in PC gaming: Killing Anna Navarre in Deus Ex

Great moments in PC gaming are bite-sized celebrations of some of our favorite gaming memories. The mission to kill NSF leader Juan Lebedev aboard his 747 in one of the early Deus Ex stages seems like a straightforward part of your job as an up-and-coming UNATCO goon: Get on the plane, waste the guy, head home for celebratory drinks. And for a lot of players, that’s exactly how it went. JC Denton is a cutting-edge killing machine, after all. But Deus Ex is a chatty sort of shooter, and so even though I didn’t have the non-lethal options that were…

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Here’s a mod to put Gravity Gloves in Skyrim VR

Pick up produce in Skyrim can be frustrating. Not to mention the lack of versatility in what you can do with it. Now there’s a mod that lets you throw potatoes at dragons just like you throw gnomes at the Combine in Half-Life: Alyx. The HIGGS mod—that’s Hand Interaction And Gravity Gloves For Skyrim VR—does it for you, adding hand collision, picking up objects, and gravity gloves-style interaction to Skyrim VR. It’s a sight different from the kind of spongy “picking up” you can do in vanilla Skyrim and Skyrim VR, actually letting you hold things in your hands  properly….

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Steam’s Big Adventure Event celebrates adventure games in all their forms

The wild and wide-ranging landscape of modern adventure games is getting some love in Steam’s latest digital event, The Big Adventure Event, which is taking a few days to show you the frankly astounding range of upcoming stuff in the genre. There are 50 demos for upcoming or just-released games to play, as well, right on the Big Adventure Event page. The event is accompanied by a string of livestreams from developers of these many upcoming games showing off what they’ve got ahead of their releases. In addition to all the demos, there’s a great variety of genres on display…